Rudy Pilous

Rudolph Pilous (August 11, 1914 – December 5, 1994) was a Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Pilous won a Stanley Cup coaching the Chicago Black Hawks in 1960–61, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985 in the builder category.

Playing career

Pilous played junior ice hockey in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League before becoming a New York Rangers prospect. During 1937–38, Pilous played minor professional hockey with the New York Rovers of the Eastern Hockey League. Unable to reach the National Hockey League, Pilous transferred the St. Catharines Saints, a senior ice hockey in the Ontario Hockey Association Senior division from 1938 to 1941.

Coach and team builder

In 1943, Pilous cofounded the St. Catharines Falcons, a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey Association. Pilous left the Falcons in 1946, spending the 1946–47 season as a scout for the nearby Buffalo Bisons. Pilous spent the 1947–48 season in Houston, Texas, winning the USHL Championship. In 1948–49, Pilous led the San Diego Skyhawks to the Pacific Coast Hockey League title.

After the PCHL, Pilous returned to the team he founded in St. Catharines, now known as the St. Catharines Teepees. He coached the team to a Memorial Cup championship in the 1954 Memorial Cup, and was its general manager for the 1960 Memorial Cup victory.

Pilous coached the Chicago Black Hawks from 1958 to 1963. In the 1961 Stanley Cup Finals, he led the Hawks to Stanley Cup victory.

Pilous coached the Denver Invaders in 1963–64 to the Western Hockey League's Governor's Trophy. After a brief stint with the Hamilton Red Wings, Pilous was hired to be the initial general manager of the expansion Oakland Seals in 1967. Pilous was quickly dismissed by team owners, and joined the Denver Spurs of the WHL, building them into a first place team by 1972.

Pilous returned to his childhood home in Manitoba, with the Brandon Wheat Kings and subsequently coaching the Winnipeg Jets. Pilous later became general manager, and led the Jets to Avco World Trophy championships in 1976, 1978 and 1979.

Pilous' coaching career ended where it started in St. Catharines 43 years earlier, at the helm of the St. Catharines Saints from 1983 to 1986.

Coaching record

TeamYearRegular seasonPost season
GWLTPtsDivision rankResult
CHI1957–58 3714221295th in NHLDNQ
CHI1958–59 70282913693rd in NHLLost in First Round
CHI1959–60 70282913693rd in NHLLost in First Round
CHI1960–61 70292417753rd in NHLWon Stanley Cup
CHI1961–62 70312613753rd in NHLLost in Stanley Cup Final
CHI1962–63 70322117812nd in NHLLost in First Round
WPG (WHA)1974–75 6534265733rd in CanadianDNQ
NHL Totals38716215174398
WHA Totals653426573

Awards and achievements

Preceded by
Tommy Ivan
Head coach of the Chicago Black Hawks
Succeeded by
Billy Reay
Preceded by
Position created
General Manager of the California Seals
Succeeded by
Bert Olmstead
Preceded by
Annis Stukus
General Manager of the original Winnipeg Jets
Succeeded by
John Ferguson, Sr.
Preceded by
Bobby Hull
Head coach of the original Winnipeg Jets
Succeeded by
Bobby Hull
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